Friday, 29 June 2012

Jubilant Jubilee Party

The St Paul’s Seniors had a vibrant Jubilee Summer Tea Party this week, as they celebrated in style with all the trimmings. On Tuesday 26th June, 35 seniors attended the Jubilee Tea Party.

St Paul's Seniors Jubilee Party

Rev’d Claire Isherwood, Assistant Curate at St Paul’s joined the right royal celebrations, and enjoyed chatting with the seniors, and sharing fun and food. Claire said: “This is a great way for some of the senior members of St Paul’s and the Thursday Coffee Morning group to get to know each other.  It provides the opportunity for those who live alone to have some company, and for those who live in residential homes to have an outing.  These events only happen because of the care and dedication of a team of volunteers who provided food, transport and entertainment.  We thank them all for the love and interest they show to others.  Everyone had a lot of fun and went away cheered, not to mention rather full of delicious afternoon tea.  The next event for seniors is our annual Holiday at Home on 14th and 16th August.  Last year’s was a great success and we hope for even better things this year.  Look out for the publicity for that coming your way soon - booking will open shortly!”

Organiser, Janet Perrott said: “Bunting and flags adorned the walls of the Garden Room and the theme was matched on the tables. They were greeted with glasses of Pimms and this was followed by a typical English afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes. The guests were entertained by Joanne Bonnett, accompanied by Dave Batt, Mike Lyons and Shirley Powell, who sang patriotic songs and encouraged all to join in the choruses. There was lots of flag waving and the afternoon ended with a rendition of 'I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles' with all the guests enthusiastically joining in and blowing 'pretty bubbles in the air'!”

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Walking The Battlefields of the Somme

Words and Pictures by Jane Orr

St Paul's Fine Weather Walkers and friends went to war!  We went much further afield than usual and spent the Early Spring Bank Holiday weekend on the Somme

Cemetary and landscape

We stayed in the village of Auchonvillers (known as Ocean Villas to the soldiers of the First World War) and walked over battlefields, visiting cemeteries and strategic points in the area over three days, walking some 13 miles. 

We visited famous 1916 battlefields such as Mametz Wood and High Wood on Saturday, and on Sunday, after a service above a WW1 dressing station, walked from Beaumont Hamel to the Thiepval Memorial.  Explanations of the sites we were seeing were given by military historian Michael Orr.

Thiepval Memorial
On the Saturday afternoon we were lucky to find a battlefield archaeology team at work at La Boiselle and were shown round by the experts there.

The group at La Boiselle

The two disappointing things about the weekend were the weather and the small numbers who came.  There were 15 of us who had a fascinating and educative weekend in good company.  To keep it "in the family" we were expertly driven by Mark Appleby who is the son-in-law of the vicar of St Michael’s, Revd Bruce Nicole.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Who Let The Dads Out – Race It Challenge!

St Paul’s are hosting a free  ‘Race It Challenge’ for dads, grandads, uncles and carers with their children, as part of its regular ‘who let the dads out’ event, this weekend.

who let the dads out

St Paul’s, Crawley Ridge in Camberley, are asking families to bring a plastic bottle with them to compete in the rocket racers challenge, and they will provide the rest.

Adults can drop in and chill-out in a relaxed cafe style play area, read the newspapers and tuck in to unlimited bacon (and vegetarian) butties, tea and coffee. They also have the opportunity to join in with their children playing games, and our children’s staff will be available to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Sarah Hounslow, Children’s Worker at St Paul’s, Camberley, is responsible for the event. She says:  “The who let the dads out is going to have a challenge this time. We are going to make rockets and race them and I'm sure there will be a bit of a competitive element. Games will still be out for the children to play with and as usual unlimited free bacon butties will be available for all. This is a great way to give mum a break whilst the guys chill and spend time with their children, and make it a fathers day weekend.”

The event is for under 12’s, and the fun and food starts at 9.00am until 11.00am on Saturday 16 June at St Paul's, Crawley Ridge, Camberley, Surrey GU15 2AD. People are welcome to drop in at any time.

For more information, contact Sarah Hounslow on 07789 995274 or email

To find out more about St Paul’s, please visit or contact the office on 01276 700210.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Roving Rev Bruce Nicole Welcomes All As He Sets Off From Camberley To Holy Island On A 390 Mile Trek

Rev’d Bruce Nicole from our neighbouring parish St Michael’s, Camberley is about to set off on a 390 mile trek from Camberley to Lindisfarne in Northumberland. He’s earned the nickname ‘Roving Rev’, having done a similar walk to northern Spain a few years ago. He plans to connect with communities up and down the country as he walks, and will be using social media on the move to stay in touch. You can even track him on the website at, tweet him @StMikesOpen4All, like his facebook page or listen to his podcasts and watch the videos, as he charts his progress, live.

Sounds like he will be having a fitting send-off, and everyone is invited. After a 10am service, and farewell meal,  his journey begins at 1pm on Sunday 10 June from St Michael's in Camberley, and lasts one month. A piper, police escort and local vicars will start the walk with him as far as the meadows, then he will be on his own.Revd Bruce Nicole aka Roving Rev

‘Roving Rev’ Bruce Nicole from St Michael’s, Camberley

This is all part of the St Michael’s Open4All project, which aims to raise £2.6 million for the vital modernisation of St Michael's, Camberley, and Camberley Connect. The project will make the space a multipurpose area fit for use by the whole community. A church is just a building without people. St Michael’s want it to be a space everyone can use, as sadly there isn’t such a space locally. Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath, is the patron of the project, and he’s clearly impressed by it.

Michael Gove said: Camberley is at the heart of my constituency and at the heart of Camberley is St Michael’s Church. Community hubs are very important to me so anything that can be done to support and invigorate them is to be greatly encouraged. I’m proud that St Michael’s has taken this decision – it shows the type of leadership, vision and responsibility that gets things done – and I have every confidence they will achieve their goal.  I’ve come to know this friendly and welcoming church well over the years and support their fund-raising efforts whole-heartedly.”

Model Of St Michael's  Camberley Modernisation

Model of the proposed changes to St Michael’s, Camberley, showing the new hall

After 161 years, St Michael’s needs a facelift so it can continue to be an effective building for worship and for use by the community.  The changes will retain its Victorian heritage, but include a new community space, essential structural work and interior enhancements to make the church easily accessible, flexible and open for all.  

Andy Mitchell, Churchwarden. said: "Bruce has chosen a wonderful way of demonstrating not just his own faith, but his faith in the renewal of St Michael's. Our project to raise these funds isn't just about a new church building, it's also about renewing the faith in our Camberley community and Bruce's pilgrimage to Holy Island will link communities up and down the country. His commitment and leadership in doing this is highly commendable and a very fitting way to kick off our fund-raising".

The project also includes raising money for Camberley Connect Christian Counselling Service. Connect is a counselling service offering help and support to individuals, couples and families experiencing a range of problems and difficulties.  No fixed charge is made to cover costs, and significant fund-raising is needed to ensure that high quality counselling can continue to be provided to people of all faiths and none, and regardless of financial situation.

To follow Bruce’s progress on his walk, or find out more about the project, visit